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2022 - RECAP

CleanSweepNY had a record-setting year in 2022, collecting more waste than any other year in the program's 21-year history. Contributing to this accomplishment was the planning and execution of three collection events (including a unique mid-summer collection in New York City and Long Island) instead of the customary two events. This was the first time CleanSweepNY has held an event in New York City since 2003.

Set-up at Cunningham Park in Queens Set-up at Cunningham Park in Queens

CleanSweepNY also held collection events along the I-90 corridor from Buffalo to Syracuse in May 2022 and along the Southern Tier from Jamestown to Binghamton in September 2022.

In addition, the collaboration of CleanSweep with the PaintCare paint-recycling program allowed CleanSweepNY to collect significant amounts of eligible paint and paint-related coatings for recycling without using limited CleanSweepNY budgetary funds to pay for these items.

Shown below are some of the highlights and accomplishments of the CleanSweepNY program in 2022.

Collection events 3
Total collection days comprised in these events 11
Total number of NY counties targeted in these events 31
Number of participants across all collection events 368
Number of on-site agricultural/commercial/pesticide-related pickups 6
Number of on-site school chemical cleanouts 10
Pounds of pesticides collected 340,240
Pounds of paint and paint-related coatings collected for recycling 74,716
Pounds of other chemicals collected 127,412
Total pound of all chemicals collected 542,368
Number of triple-rinsed HDPE #2 plastic pesticide containers collected for recycling >1000
Large quantity of triple-rinsed biocide containers for recycling. Large quantity of triple-rinsed biocide containers for recycling

The Spring 2023 CleanSweepNY collection event will take place in Clinton, Essex and Saratoga counties. Farmers and pesticide applicators/technicians from neighboring counties are encouraged to participate at one of these locations.

Participants must register to participate in this waste collection program. A registration form can be requested at the following phone number or e-mail address:

Telephone: 518-225-8146
E-Mail: cleansweep@dec.ny.gov


The collection locations and dates are as follows:

Plattsburgh, NY Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Elizabethtown, NY Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Saratoga Springs, NY Thursday, April 27, 2023

CleanSweepNY Services are Not Available to Homeowners.

CleanSweepNY services are provided to farmers and owners of former farms, all categories of NYS certified pesticide applicators, cemeteries, golf courses, marinas, schools, landscapers and lawncare providers, nurseries, greenhouses, and other entities possessing unwanted or unusable pesticides and other waste chemicals. Each participant is responsible for transporting their materials to the collection site.

CleanSweepNY results in enhanced stewardship of the environment through the improved management and proper disposal of unusable pesticides and other chemical wastes. These materials may pose human health risks upon exposure and represent a potential hazard to New York State's groundwater and surface water resources.

The collections are scheduled and organized by NYSDEC with the collaboration of NYSDOT, who generously provide sites for the collection of these unwanted chemicals. CleanSweepNY outreach is aided by Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Agricultural Container Recycling Council, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, New York Farm Bureau, and other related grower associations.

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